2019 Acura MDX


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2019 Acura MDX Interior Review


Interior: 7.5

The 2019 Acura MDX features mostly high-quality materials throughout its attractive cabin, but it's a notch below the nicest interiors in the class. The first two rows of seats are comfortable, but the third row will squeeze anyone but children. Cargo space is adequate for the class, and there are plenty of standard and available tech features.

  • Everything seems meticulously put together, and the Advance's wood trim adds an air of luxury. However, European competitors still manage to feel more substantial than the MDX, and their cabin designs are more elegant." -- Edmunds
  • Fit/finish is excellent, as is front-seat comfort, but the third row is best used for kids. … Ergonomically the MDX takes a little getting used too, especially its dual-infotainment screens and its push-button shifter." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "… Acura put a great deal of effort into making the cabin a comfortable and user-friendly space." -- Left Lane News (2016)


The base MDX seats seven. Some packages replace the second-row bench with captain's chairs, dropping seating capacity to six. The MDX comes standard with leather upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a power tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a sliding and reclining second row. Milano leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

As with many SUVs, this Acura's front seats are better than those in the back. They're comfortable and provide all-day support. The second-row seats are comfortable as well, but taller folks will wish for more headroom. The third-row seats will feel cramped to adults, but children can ride back there without much trouble.

Each second-row seat in the MDX has a full set of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The third-row seats have tether anchors but no lower anchors. The tether anchors are generally difficult to find, and the lower anchors can be tough to maneuver around. However, attaching car-seat straps doesn’t require a lot of force.

  • The third row will suit only kids and perhaps adults of short stature. Still, it's better than the third rows of some other luxury SUVs. The front seats feel spacious in every dimension, but headroom in the second row is surprisingly tight." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Both driver and passenger accommodations are comfortable, well-padded and roomy." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "All 3rd-row access should be this easy. Just push a button on the 2nd-row seat in a new MDX, and it flips and folds quickly to provide access to the pair of seats in the rear without having to strain, lug or tug. Other SUV manufacturers should take notes." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the MDX include a moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a dual-screen infotainment system with an upper 8-inch display and a lower 7-inch touch screen, six USB ports, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Siri Eyes Free.

Available features include remote start, GPS-linked climate control, navigation, a 10-, 11-, or 12-speaker ELS audio system, HD Radio, voice recognition, two USB ports in the third row, a 110-volt power outlet, the AcuraLink telematics system, and a 9-inch or 16.2-inch rear-seat entertainment system with two wireless headphones.

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. Some of these features are part of the AcuraWatch suite of driver assistance technology. Available driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera system, a head-up warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Looking for plenty of features? Then look no further than the MDX. At the hub of all this technology is a dual-screen infotainment system. It looks fancy, but it takes time to master because each screen controls different functions. Once you get used to it, the system works well.

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  • "For 2018, the Acura MDX gets a revised dual-screen infotainment setup with a better user interface and faster response times." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "After a refresh last year, the 2018 MDX is improved further by a faster and more powerful entertainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, addressing the biggest complaints we've had with prior years of the MDX." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "This year the 2018 MDX gets an improved infotainment system with more intuitive menus and a redesigned dual-screen interface with faster response." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)


The MDX provides 15 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row of seats, 38.4 cubic feet with the third row folded down, and 68.4 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down. Those totals are in the middle of the pack for the class.

A power liftgate comes standard, and folding down the seats provides a flat cargo floor, which makes it easy to organize your stuff and load larger items. There's also a hidden storage bin beneath the cargo floor, giving you a place to stow valuables. Cabin storage space is ample.

  • "Total cargo capacity is slightly larger than space in other three-row midsize luxury crossovers, and more sizable than in two-row rivals. The ease with which the third and second row seats fold flat, providing a level load floor, is impressive. A storage bin beneath the cargo area is a nice touch." -- Edmunds
  • "Cargo space behind the third row isn't impressive, though you could argue that there are bigger SUVs available for those who value that attribute more." -- USA Today (2016)
  • "Acura uses every centimeter from the MDX's interior design, creating more usable space behind the third-row seat, as well as creating a level loading floor when the rear seats are folded flat." -- Autotrader (2016)
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